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[ahy-lit] /ˈaɪ lɪt/
a very small island.
Anatomy. situated in or pertaining to the islet of Langerhans:
islet cells.
Origin of islet
From the Middle French word islette, dating back to 1530-40. See isle, -et
Related forms
isleted, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • But she did not ask him what it was, for already they were at the islet, and she must run in, and put on her clothes.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Nevertheless he had suddenly made the islet seem different to her.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The islet, dark and distinct in outline beneath the moon, summoned him.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Then the inhabitants of the house on the islet were not asleep, were not even in bed.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • First the two men at the Antico Giuseppone, and now this man on the islet!

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "When I came to the top of the islet the Signorina was with that boy," the Marchesino continued.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Hassim and Immada would come down to the coast and wait for him on the islet.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Lingard, standing to leeward abreast of the wheel, watched the islet first seen.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • The great island became a small island, the small island an islet.

  • They were on the upper extremity of the islet, while I was approaching it from below.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for islet


a small island
Word Origin
C16: from Old French islette; see isle
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Word Origin and History for islet

1530s, from Middle French islette (Modern French îlette), diminutive of isle (see isle).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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islet in Medicine

islet is·let (ī'lĭt)
A small island.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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